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Ever get distracted before an auction and miss it entirely?

renomedphysrenomedphys Posts: 3,505 ✭✭✭✭✭

On Sunday, after a more than a month of waiting for a certain lot to close at GC, my lovely wifey started discussing ideas for vacation plans and it quickly devolved into a diatribe about my inadequacy involving said subject. After somehow managing to deflect the conversation into a shopping and errands excursion, and having left the house, somewhere between Costco and Home Depot I realized that I had ignored both my notifications and missed the lot. It ended up selling for about 80% of my intended top bid.

What’s your story?

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    BryceMBryceM Posts: 11,733 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yep. Been there. Done that.

    I was waiting on a live bid for a trade dollar that sold in a SB auction. I’d been watching it for several weeks. It checked all the boxes.

    It so happened that we were driving home from vacation during the auction. No worries…… until I lost cell service for just about exactly 2 minutes….. just at precisely the wrong instant. I was sliding the bar to bid when it conked out. It sold for 2 increments less than I was willing to pay.

    Sigh.

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    oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,899 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 18, 2022 9:05PM

    Working two jobs takes up much of my time. Thankfully for GC and ebay, there is a time for the particular auction to end, so I normally set an alarm. But...sometimes life gets in the way.

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    pointfivezeropointfivezero Posts: 1,635 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This only happens to me about three times a week….

    Tim

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    ChrisH821ChrisH821 Posts: 6,328 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Oh yes. I usually remember the day after.

    Collector, occasional seller

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    spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,497 ✭✭✭✭✭

    All the time... Part of being self employed is being constantly distracted lol

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    jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,922 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If only they allowed you to enter proxy bids before the auction actually takes place.

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    tcollectstcollects Posts: 839 ✭✭✭✭

    @TomB said:
    I appreciate both of you sharing your stories and would normally hit the "Like" button, but it somehow seems inappropriate in these cases!

    we need a "bro hug" button

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    Jzyskowski1Jzyskowski1 Posts: 6,651 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes but not near as much since I figured out my phone had an alarm 😁

    🎶 shout shout, let it all out 🎶

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    In the past, when I frequented ebay, I did it a few times. Would be reading a good technical publication, or we went out to dinner.... I do not buy much now, but when watching an item, I set an alarm on my phone. Cheers, RickO

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    rec78rec78 Posts: 5,690 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 19, 2022 7:49AM

    More than once! I use E-snipe now for stuff I really want.

    @jmlanzaf said:
    If only they allowed you to enter proxy bids before the auction actually takes place.

    I don't know about GC, but most auctions do.

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    johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,507 ✭✭✭✭✭

    been there done that (some one like me has multiple)

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    mosjcoinmosjcoin Posts: 102 ✭✭✭

    My wife says I get squirrel. So I have done that.

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    PillarDollarCollectorPillarDollarCollector Posts: 4,769 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 19, 2022 1:00PM

    No my OCD would never allow such a horror story to occur!!! I make notes about all upcoming auctions so I see them every day as a reminder. I would have to be in the hospital to miss one even then would have a family member bid for me unless it was terminal then I would miss it.

    Put a document on your fridge with magnets with all upcoming auctions dates and times that should solve a lot of problems. Or if you are a coffee addict like me then add one there. I must drink 8-10 cups per day no sugar (doctors orders before it does become a real problem....you get use to it taste great once you do) so no real harm.

    If I happen to take a snooz that day I get my alarm out and set the time not to miss it.

    Been like this since the early 1990's. Not going to change for anyone.

    Collecting interests: Coins from Latin American (2020-present)

    Sports: NFL & NHL

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    PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,424 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @KingOfMorganDollar said:

    Put a document on your fridge with magnets with all upcoming auctions dates and times that should solve a lot of problems.

    Not if your wife sees it and starts asking questions. :o

    Worry is the interest you pay on a debt you may not owe.

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    jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,922 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @rec78 said:
    More than once! I use E-snipe now for stuff I really want.

    @jmlanzaf said:
    If only they allowed you to enter proxy bids before the auction actually takes place.

    I don't know about GC, but most auctions do.

    I know. I was being sarcastic. All the online auction sites have early bidding because they aren't live auctions.

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    PillarDollarCollectorPillarDollarCollector Posts: 4,769 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 19, 2022 1:25PM

    @PerryHall said:

    @KingOfMorganDollar said:

    Put a document on your fridge with magnets with all upcoming auctions dates and times that should solve a lot of problems.

    Not if your wife sees it and starts asking questions. :o

    No wife no strife!!! Only my loyal pet and my hobbies. I walk alone.

    Collecting interests: Coins from Latin American (2020-present)

    Sports: NFL & NHL

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    WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,973 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This only happens when my heart is not 100% in it, in which case; I have no business bidding, anyway.

    “I may not believe in myself but I believe in what I’m doing” ~Jimmy Page~

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    goldengolden Posts: 9,057 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have done it at least once.

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    messydeskmessydesk Posts: 19,700 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've probably actually missed auctions ending while scrolling through lots on the auction site.

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    ChrisH821ChrisH821 Posts: 6,328 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jmlanzaf said:
    If only they allowed you to enter proxy bids before the auction actually takes place.

    I don't snipe, but I also don't like to put in my highest bid several days ahead of time. And when browsing eBay I might put something in my watch list in an attempt to remember to check back on it, then forget until I see it has ended.

    Collector, occasional seller

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    oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,634 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No snipe software, but I usually put a reasonable bid in (say 80-90% of what I would pay) the evening before the auction, just in case the item isn't in demand and I miss the auction for some reason. Then get more serious when the auction is live. Can't say it has ever worked except for less scare items but then I've never missed an auction that included an item that I've seriously wanted.

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    wrightywrighty Posts: 837 ✭✭✭✭

    Not exactly what your question is but missed a bid 20 years ago and I still think about it. Went to a small country auction in Massachusetts lots of miscellaneous items and one of the listing items was simply old coins, no photos. It was a Saturday I had nothing to do so took the two hour drive and sure enough lot #1 was a cardboard box with probably 500 loose coins, large cents, seated, IHC’s, buffalos, mercury dimes etc ran the gamut. Condition was all over the map from AG to AU but nothing cleaned or messed with. It was the first lot and the auctioneer said lot 1 box of old coins, let’s start at $1000, how about $500, how about $100, how about $50. Someone bid $50 she said do I have $60 someone bid $60; she said do I have $70 paused for a second and said sold for $60! There was no going once going twice, no fair warning. I was hoping I could steal it for $1,000 but never got my hand up.

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    WilliamFWilliamF Posts: 832 ✭✭✭✭✭

    All. The. Time. :lol:

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    MapsOnFireMapsOnFire Posts: 191 ✭✭✭

    Several times, usually lost on conversation.
    Early this year was a different situation. My wife and I spent two months. On trains across Canada, Vancouver to Halifax and back. Two lots, not coins. First one went fine. The second occurred while passing through the Canadian Rockies. No internet, no luck.

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    SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,253 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was just about to throw out a bid on eBay and the power went down. It was back on in 10 minutes, but it was too late.

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